She’s already our Golden Girl of the Games, but Sally Pearson has officially booked her spot in the Australian Commonwealth Games team, with a win at the National Trials.
The Helensvale product claimed her ninth Australian 100m hurdles crown at Carrara Stadium on Saturday night.
The World Champion wasn’t distracted by a false start in the event on day three of the 2018 Australian Athletics Championships & Nomination Trials, going on to cross the finish line in a season best time of 12.73 seconds.
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“I’m really proud that I got out here today and put on somewhat of a good show,” Pearson said.
“It’s disappointing with the (false start) because I was ready to run fast.”
2016 national champion Michelle Jenneke was runner-up, to also claim automatic nominations for the Australian Commonwealth Games team, edging out Brianna Beahan.
Pearson will now head to the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham in the build up to Gold Coast 2018.
“World indoors obviously isn’t my main focus, Commonwealth Games is very, very important for me to be able to perform well here.
“I’m looking forward to the next eight weeks until I race at the Commonwealth Games.”
Another of our big medal hopefuls come April, Kurt Fearnley placed second in the wheelchair 1500m.
The celebrated athlete is planning on the Gold Coast Games to be his swansong.
“I had this in my calendar since I was part of the bid process in 2011,” Fearnley said.
“This stadium is crazy. It is going to be nuts when it is full of Aussies. I’ve waited 18 years to get a home crowd at a major meet like this.”
Other athletes to gain automatic nomination included Queensland decathlete Cedric Dubler, hurdler Luke Mathews and pole vaulter Nina Kennedy.